Become a USA Triathlon Official!

Officials are of critical importance at USA Triathlon sanctioned events. Officials uphold and enforce USAT rules and help ensure the safety of participants.  You can become a USAT official by participating at one of the many certification clinics held around the country each year.

About the clinics.

There is no charge for attending a USAT officials clinic. You must however, be a current member of USA Triathlon and bring your membership card. You also have the option of joining USA Triathlon at the clinic. Clinics are held in conjunction with a sanctioned event, and will have USA Triathlon officials assigned to marshal the race. The Officials Certification Clinic consists of approximately three hours of classroom lecture and discussion. Each clinic has a limited number of spaces and applicants are urged to contact the clinic instructor to reserve a space early.

Rules Overview

Watch & listen to this 10 minute USAT Rules Overview from USAT Commissioner of Officials, Charlie Crawford.


2015  USAT Official CAT 5 Certification & USAT Official Recertification Clinics

Information coming soon!



2014 Completed Clinics

3/8 – Los Altos, CA – Stanford Tri [Draft Legal Rules]

4/4 – Tempe, AZ – USAT Collegiate Nationals – [Draft Legal and USAT Rules] 

5/2 – Lake San Antonio, CA – Wildflower Triathlon – [USAT Rules] 

5/17 – Honolulu, HI – Honolulu Triathlon – [USAT Rules] 

5/31 – San Francisco, CA – Escape from Alcatraz – [USAT Rules] 

7/25 – Santa Rosa, CA – Full Vineman – [USAT Rules] 

8/22 – Santa Barbara, CA –  SB Triathlon – [USAT Rules] 

9/27 – Carpinteria, CA – Carpinteria Triathlon – [USAT Rules] 

10/4 – Lake Lopez, CA – Tinley’s Triathlon – [USAT Rules] 

10/25 – Oceanside, CA – Lifetime Oceanside Tri – [USAT Rules] 

Contact:  J. Ritterbeck – USAT SW Region Officials Coordinator

For more information or to sign up for a clinic, please contact J. Ritterbeck and submit the USAT Officials Certification Clinic application via email to J. and Charlie Crawford (


Download the USAT CAT 5 clinic application here.

Download the USAT Officials Recertification application here.

For more information about the USAT Officials program please visit USA Triathlon.